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US A.F. Intelligence Officer Breaks Silence about the USS Liberty

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By EWMI - Posted on 08 June 2007

by Albert Persohn
The outrage in his voice was made all the more striking by his New England accent and Yankee assertiveness that long ago brought about the American Revolution. ‘I couldn’t believe it…One minute, nothing, and then the next minute they were attacking our ship in broad daylight…We had no warning that it was coming, and then ‘boom,’ there it was, and our guys were being slaughtered.’The outrage in his voice was made all the more striking by his New England accent and Yankee assertiveness that long ago brought about the American Revolution. ‘I couldn’t believe it…One minute, nothing, and then the next minute they were attacking our ship in broad daylight…We had no warning that it was coming, and then ‘boom,’ there it was, and our guys were being slaughtered.’June 8 1967 is the day the USS Liberty was attacked by the Israelis. This very interesting story draws our attention to a crucial time in history. Many Dispensationalists see the 6 day war as a spritual sign of the Last Days.

If some of the observers of history are to be believed, a major conflagration with Egypt and by extension the Soviets may have been averted. The article does not mention that the attack which went on for hours ended only after a Soviet destroyer responded to distress calls from the unarmed Liberty.

This year also marks the failure of the readjusted Dispensational timeline which counts from 1967 rather than 1948.

By Mark Glenn

The outrage in his voice was made all the more striking by his New England accent and Yankee assertiveness that long ago brought about the American Revolution. ‘I couldn’t believe it…One minute, nothing, and then the next minute they were attacking our ship in broad daylight…We had no warning that it was coming, and then ‘boom,’ there it was, and our guys were being slaughtered.’

Like hundreds of other individuals who have particular stories to tell concerning their actions and whereabouts on June 8th 1967 when the USS Liberty was attacked by the air and naval forces of Israel, Capt. Richard Block’s testimony is noteworthy, but in some respects much more important than others. At that time, he was in command of the 6931st Security Group of the USAF Security Services stationed on the island of Crete where his job was to act as the eyes and ears of the US intelligence community. What he and the others under his command heard that day obliterates the lie that has been foisted upon the people of the United States for the last 40 years that the attack was all the result of ‘mistaken identity’ and proves beyond any reasonable doubt that it was a deliberate and premeditated act of war.

‘We were getting the translations in real-time’ he said, speaking of the air-to-air and air-to-ground communications taking place between the pilots and C&C (command and control) on the ground in Israel. ‘They knew it was an American ship. We heard it with our own ears, several times. The story they have told for the last 40 yrs about the Liberty being mistaken for another ship is complete bull****.’

Like others who were material witnesses to the act of war that took place that day, Capt. Block was told in crystal clear terms that he was to keep his mouth shut concerning what he saw and heard. Shortly thereafter, individuals unknown to him showed up at his post, gathered up any documentation dealing with the Israeli intercepts and hauled them away to be destroyed. And lest anyone fall victim to the typical business that Israel’s defenders employ when attempting to cover up her crimes–namely that one man’s testimony is ‘insufficient’ evidence in refuting what has been the standard explanation for the last 40 years–keep in mind that he is not alone.

Two other individuals contacted by American Free Press for this story have related circumstances identical to those of Capt. Block, although (for obvious reasons) they insist upon remaining anonymous. According to their statements, they too heard the radio chatter between the Israeli pilots and those on the ground who were giving the orders to attack, and there was no doubt Israel knew unequivocally that it was an American ship and that it was her aim to sink the Liberty and leave no survivors, as dead men tell no tales. One individual interviewed for this piece told American Free Press that ‘bets were made’ amongst the men in his listening post as to which city in Israel was going to get ‘nuked first’ once the President was made aware of what took place.

As far as Capt. Block (who has remained silent these last 3 decades) the event prompting him to speak out was (as in the case of Capt. Ward Boston, chief legal council for the Navy’s Board of Inquiry) the publication of Jay Ahron Cristol’s book ‘The Liberty Incident’ which exculpated Israel of any wrongdoing. When Capt. Block was made aware of the contents in Cristol’s book and heard that the author was going to be at a book signing in a nearby town, he paid him a personal visit to speak his mind. In front of approximately 120 people there that day to hear Cristol run his mouth (including the upper-crust of the town’s intelligentsia and politicians) Capt. Block got up and said that the book was a pack of lies. ‘I was there the day that the Liberty was attacked, and you weren’t’ he told a shocked Cristol, whose drooling support for the Jewish state is well-known. ‘I got the raw milk of the intelligence and all you got was the processed cheese.’

Much to his surprise, nothing ill came of Capt. Block’s confrontation with Cristol. Capt. Block has his theories as to why, namely that right now what the ‘powers that be’ want (during a time when American support for Israel is crucial for her existence) is that no attention be drawn to the events of June 8, 1967. ‘In my opinion’ he told AFP ‘what they want is for all of us to just die off so that the whole Liberty thing will become forgotten history’.

For Capt. Block though, silence is no longer an acceptable option. ‘What I want is justice for those guys. What was done to them was an outrage. Personally I think it was divine providence the ship didn’t sink. I am not interested in any notoriety, just justice…justice for our men and for our flag. The bottom line is that this was an act of war perpetrated against the United States and the American people need to know about it.’

Many theories have been offered over the years concerning Israel’s motives for attacking the USS Liberty that day. Some say it was to cover-up her war crimes in the Sinai desert when she murdered over 250 Egyptian soldiers who had surrendered peaceably. Some say that it was because she was planning to take the Golan Heights in Syria and did not want the news of this impending attack to get out. When asked about what he thought Israel’s motives were, Capt. Block’s answer was simple–That Israel wanted to drag the United States into the war against the Arab countries so that the blood of America’s Christians would be spilled rather than that that of Israel’s Jews.

In interviewing other survivors of the USS Liberty, AFP has learned that some 15 years after the attack, an Israeli pilot approached some of the servicemen (as well as former Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey) and revealed to them that as the lead pilot in the attack that day he recognized the Liberty as American and informed his headquarters. Nevertheless, he was told to ignore the American flag and continue his attack. As a result of his refusal to do so he was immediately arrested after returning to base. Backing up his damning statements are those of former U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Dwight Porter who has also stated publicly that the Israeli pilot’s radio transmission was heard by US monitors in the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon.

The attack on the USS Liberty by the air and naval forces of Israel that resulted in the deaths of 34 of America’s young men was as much an act of war against the United States as was the sneak attack on Pearl harbor by the Japanese in 1941. The only difference between the two was that the Japanese did not have the machinery in place at that time to cover it up and lie about it as Israel has for the last 40 years. Rather than justice, what the American people have been given since that time is lies and further involvement in the tangled affairs of a gangster nation founded on duplicity, genocide and a mad thirst for world domination. As a reward for the murder of 34 sailors aboard the Liberty, Israel–rather than being given a declaration of war by the US Congress–has instead been given (by some accounts) over a trillion dollars with which to further endanger the liberty and security of the American people.

‘Better late than never,’ as the old saying goes, and with that in mind, being that the Congress of the United States refuses to execute its duty with respect to protecting and defending the people and interests of the United States, it is high time then that the American people themselves declare that a state of war exists between them and the Jewish state and take all steps necessary in prosecuting this war to a just conclusion. Anything short of this is national suicide, as events taking place today prove on a regular basis.]
June 6th, 2007

Mark Glenn Correspondent–American Free Press

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For those interested the author of the posted article, on a radio show, interviewed three survivors of the Liberty. The file can be downloaded from the link. One of the survivors has some interesting thoughts about the reason for Israel's attack.

http://arc.republicbroadcasting.org/Piper/07/06/Piper_060807_200000.MP3

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In a follow up to my earlier post on this thread, I am posting a link to an article by a Muslim in London. Perhaps we need this wonderful religion to rule things here in America. Perhaps Australia would like to try it first to show us dumb Americans how wonderful Islam is.

I would first of all like to thank Neal Boortz for this link:

http://www.timeout.com/london/features/print/2993.html

ed

Papa is especially fond of us

Ed's picture

Not that my opinion matters, but what bothers me is the assumption that anyone who backs the war backs Israel. Wrong! I've heard it from folks here, I've heard it at Presence.tv. And it is wrong. I do not back any kind of Zionism, never have. I believe that the Palestinians were done wrong, and that fiasco created by the "geniuses" at the UN has caused a great deal of the problems of the Middle East.

However, I feel like we are watching a replay of the Hatfields and McCoys. Get over it people. Grow up! So what if Israel is a bunch of unholy slimebags, and our idiotic government sees them as allies? To me it is irrelevant to what I call "the War on Civilization."

The anti-war folks are not even mentioning the FACT that Muslims in Great Britain right now are demanding that GB follow Shariah law. As I've said before, it's coming folks. Nobody is safe. The US, Australia, Canada, etc. are all going to go the way of Europe if we aren't careful.

Oh, I know, "Bush is an idiot...blah, blah, blah..." "King George...blah, blah, blah." You can keep mocking. You can keep hollering. But sooner or later, unless Islam is stopped, it will be in your neighborhood, and you'll either be fighting it, or losing your head.

g'day.

ed

Papa is especially fond of us

MiddleKnowledge's picture

Ed,

It's like dealing with doomsday dispies all over.

Right. Have you seen what NCMI has said in public on the issue? Can't wait to see you there.

Tim Martin
www.truthinliving.org

Ed's picture

Yeah Tim, whenever you can't argue with something just label it. Guess you won that argument.

Hmmm, let me get your logic right. I don't back Israel. I believe Christ already came. But I'm a dispensationalist? And, what? Am I uninvited to the conference in Auburn Hills? What's it matter what NCMI has said in public on the issue? Is their opinion more valid than mine? Oh wait, I forgot, I'm a dispensationalist...yeah.

ed

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Ed,

Conference in Auburn Hills? What's this? (I've been out of the net for a while.) You talking Auburn Hills, Michigan?

What, when, where, why?

Waidmann

Ed's picture

Check out http://newcreationministries.tv/index.htm

You probably could still register. It's still over a month away.

Hope to meet you there.

ed

ed

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Waidmann's picture

Thanks, Ed. I've been to the web site, and have spent a couple of hours browsing. I'm going to show it to some folks and see if there is interest in trying to register.

I, likewise, hope to see you there.

Mark (aka Waidmann)

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You are both cordially invited to dinner at my house while you are here in town.

:)Tami

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Ed,

I didn't call you a dispensationalist. My comment was referencing your chicken little statement:

"As I've said before, it's coming folks. Nobody is safe. The US, Australia, Canada, etc. are all going to go the way of Europe if we aren't careful.

Oh, I know, "Bush is an idiot...blah, blah, blah..." "King George...blah, blah, blah." You can keep mocking. You can keep hollering. But sooner or later, unless Islam is stopped, it will be in your neighborhood, and you'll either be fighting it, or losing your head."

I hear this all the time in my neck of the woods from my futurist friends. It's just ironic that I run across these sentiments on a preterist website. That's all.

See you soon,

Tim Martin
www.truthinliving.org

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Tim,

I shall butt in by suggesting that "chicken little" sentiments are not limited to Ed's "futurist friends." Islam's theology requires world conquest by force and applied pressure (jizya, pronounced discrimination). Whether we like it or not, those who adhere most strongly to that theology tend to believe that Islam is at war with US. In my judgment, Islam CANNOT be reformed without tearing up half or more of the Quran and the hadiths and without a drastic revision of Muslims' assessment of the character of Mohammed. And that ain't gonna happen.

Accepting the theological soundness of preterism does not require that I endorse the notion that we cannot foresee that the world will again experience profound crises. I personally believe that Revelation 20 does have applicability to the future and that the thousand years is NOT the period AD 30-70. If that stamps me as a futurist, so be it.

John S. Evans

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John,

I wish world domination were as easy as believing that my theology requires world domination by force. Then thinking it would make it so!

Perhaps in your view we are now experiencing the great conflict at the end of the millennium? If so, then what is the practical difference between your view and the typical futurist? I have much respect for your views on many things, but not on this topic. Like I told Ed, "It's like dealing with doomsday dispies all over."

I believe that the thousand years of Rev. 20 is the same thousand years referenced in 2 Peter 3:8, which they were waiting to come to pass as they were waiting for the parousia. I believe the fire from heaven at the END of the millennium in Rev. 20:9 is the same fire referenced in 2 Peter 3:7. Jesus bound Satan (the strong man) during his ministry (Matt 12:27-28). That's why the gospel was successful as it went out to all the nations BEFORE A.D. 70.

If that stamps me as a preterist, so be it.

Blessings,

Tim Martin
www.truthinliving.org

P.S. Islam will be defeated one day by the sword of the gospel, not the bombs and bullets of Bush and the neo-cons.

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Islam will be defeated one day by the sword of the gospel, not the bombs and bullets of Bush and the neo-cons.

While this statement is true, let's take a look at how this same statement might be used in other circumstances:

Crime will be defeated one day by the sword of the gospel, not the police departments.

Crime will be defeated one day by the sword of the gospel, not by me protecting my family.

Poverty will be defeated one day by the sword of the gospel, not by economic prosperity.

To deny God's use of secondary means leads to all kinds of crazy ideas. I'd rather not embrace those ideas.

ed

Papa is especially fond of us

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Ed,

That's nice. Now you don't have to evaluate the legitimacy, morality, or effects of Bush's invasion of Iraq. Just plug Ron Paul. This is too much fun to watch.

Look at it this way:

Pre-emptive shootings of suspects and bystanders alike by police departments won't clean up the streets in the long run, and is contrary to the Christian model of justice.

Pre-emptive shootings of people who don't like me and my family won't protect my family in the long run, and is contrary to the Christian model of self-defense.

Christians used to believe in Just War Theory.

I haven't a clue what economic prosperity and poverty have in relation to the Iraq War, other than the inflation Bush's policies have fostered. Thanks for your support of the war and it's inflationary aftermath (at least I prepared for it). We're all poorer for the adventure which looks like a great idea now, doesn't it? And how much fuel does it take to run this war on a daily basis? You know economics. Doesn't that impact the price at the pump?

I am just curious for your explanation of how this war in Iraq is positive for the progress of the gospel in that part of the world. What are the long-term implications and prospects for evangelization and missions in the area?

Are Iraqi Christians better now that the Shia have been installed in power? Before the invasion, Iraq had an active Christian community. Now some of them are dead and most of the rest are fleeing the country or have already fled. Bush's policies are in the process of leading to the complete de-Christianization of Iraq. I guess you might have something about secondary means.

Thumbs up for those gospel bombs and bullets! May they blow them to smithereens.

Blessings,

Tim Martin
www.truthinliving.org

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Well, I suspect that the elimination of Islam will involve BOTH the sword of the Gospel and military action on the part of one or more successor administrations to the Bushies. The Gospel IS presently undermining Islam, which is why Islamists are so desperately persecuting Christianity wherever they are able to do so. Without the "sword," however, it is going to be difficult to overcome obstacles to religious freedom that exist wherever Islam thrives. Just as the sword had to be wielded against Islamic aggression during the long period from the seventh century to 1683 and even afterward against the Barbary pirates, so must the sword to be wielded today in the defense of Christ.

Now if you want me to admit that George Bush, Condi Rice, etc. were hopelessly naive in their assumptions about bringing democracy to the Muslim world, I do so freely. They still are naive as far as I can tell, though the understanding of Islam is gradually sinking in now that half the Christians of Iraq, at least, have been driven out and the Christians of Afghanistan have been killed or driven into practicing their faith covertly. Islam and democracy are, in my opinion, incompatible ideologies, which suggests to me, at least, that about the best one can hope for in an Islamic nation is a collection of military leaders/oligarchs who don't take religion too seriously and who will actually tolerate the "people of the Book."

Perhaps we ARE experiencing the great conflict at the end of the millennium. I do not know about that, though I do not rule it out. I do know, however, that my concept of what comes after the event they call the "apocalypse" is different from what I hear from most futurists. There is no future apocalypse in my theology, but there is the full-grown mountain of the Ancient of Days. I have nothing in my theology that requires me to believe that we have reason to assume that the existence of Man is near the Big Windup. As far as I can tell, Earth is likely to be around for a long time, and I suspect that Man will continue to exist here, though I trust a good deal more harmoniously than in the past. There is no time of the end in my theology though there was an end-time for the Old Covenant. Beyond the establishment of the Mountain, I do not claim to know the mind of God.

John S. Evans

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Israel provoked Six-Day War, says former Dutch UN observer
Deutsche Presse-Agentur Jun 06, 2007

Jun 5, 2007, 8:51 GMT
Amsterdam - A former Dutch UN observer has said Israel was not under siege by Arab countries preceding the Six-Day War, the 40th anniversary of which falls Tuesday, and that the Jewish state provoked most border incidents as part of its strategy to annex more land.

Speaking on a Dutch current affairs programme late Monday, Jan Muhren, who was stationed interchangeably at the Golan Heights and the West Bank in 1966-67, says neither Jordan nor Syria had any intention to start a war with Israel.

Brother Les

Ed's picture

I thought this was interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=thecombatreport

ed

ed

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Virgil's picture

..an Israeli pilot approached some of the servicemen (as well as former Congressman Paul N. (Pete) McCloskey) and revealed to them that as the lead pilot in the attack that day he recognized the Liberty as American and informed his headquarters. Nevertheless, he was told to ignore the American flag and continue his attack.

The excuse that the Liberty was flying without a flag or was not identifiable is totally lame...nobody bought that..ever. No other navy in that area had ships that looked like the Liberty, so in many ways, this is really not news.

What I want to know is WHY did they attack the ship. That's the secret we need to know.

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"What I want to know is WHY did they attack the ship. That's the secret we need to know."

It is very hard to proclaim that 'you' are the victim...when all of the information says other wise.

I have read before that U.S. ships were on the way to support the 'Liberty',but some on the higher 'chain of command' had them recalled. The 'Liberty' was left to sink to the bottom of The Med and with her all accountabilty in parts of the 1967 'War'...
The Navy has turned their back on their fellow countrymen and left them to die. Do we all 'kill them' over and over by turning our backs to the Injustice done to them by our Government for the last 40years (one generation)?

Brother Les

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My personal thoughts are that there are two possible reasons: 1) the sinking of the Liberty could have been blamed on the Egyptians and America would have become directly involved in the war 2) the Liberty was collecting intel that may have been less than positive for Israel

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I would lean towards the intel option, but I have a hard time imagining what intel they could have collected that would justify attacking a US ship in international waters. Either way, the response of the US government has been totally unacceptable every singe this happened and continues to be such until they make the whole matter public.

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Virgil,

After studying this issue out to the best of my ability a few years ago, I lean toward the intel option as well.

You have to realize the context. Here you have Israelis slaughtering non-combatants. How would that look after the prime justification for the Israeli state was the Nazi holocaust? The information and recorded data about what happened could not be allowed to get out. Period.

Tim Martin
www.truthinliving.org

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Tim, if you search for "uss liberty" here on PP, there will be several articles I've been posting in the last few years, and they may help you learn more about what happened. One articles details the entire conversation between the Israeli pilots - I find the whole event fascinating, so I've been trying to learn as much as I can about it.

EWMI's picture

Here is a quote from Israel's Sacred Terrorism

(by Livia Rokach, Third Edition, A study based on Moshe Sharett's Personal Diary) [Sharrett was Israel's Second PM]

The conclusions from Dayan's words are clear: This State has no international obligations, no economic problems, the question of peace is nonexistent.... It must calculate its steps narrow-mindedly and live on its sword. It must see the sword as the main, if not the only, instrument with which to keep its morale high and to retain its moral tension. Toward this end it may, no-it must-invent dangers, and to do this it must adopt the method of provocation-and-revenge.. . . And above all -let us hope for a new war with the Arab countries, so that we may finally get rid of our troubles and acquire our space. (Such a slip of the tongue: Ben Gurion himself said that it would be worth while to pay an Arab a million pounds to start a war.) (26 May 1955, 1021)

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